Nothing has spelled the doom of FBI Special Agent John Connolly’s hope to be released from his unjust, and cruel and unusual sentence to a Florida prison than Trump’s desire to stop the investigation of his involvement with Russia. The plan concocted by the White House and Chairman Devin Nunes of the House intelligence committee is to bring the FBI into disrepute so that the everyday working agents are no longer trusted and the work they do in protecting America and investigating Russia’s interference in the American way of life can be called into question.
One thing no one can deny is that John Connolly was an FBI agent who retired with honors after serving in that bureau for more than twenty years. If you believe as Trump asserts that the FBI is a corrupt outfit then it must follow that John Connolly being part of that outfit was corrupt. You cannot assert John Connolly was not corrupt and argue everyone else is. Especially when it is clear that John Connolly’s alleged corruptness is going to be used as an exhibit in Trump’s attack on the FBI.
We have already seen this happening. The Herald Columnist Howie Carr who socialized with Trump has already pointed to him as being corrupt. You can be sure he has used his vendetta against Connolly to influence Trump’s crusade against the FBI. Having done so, you can imagine the impossibility of anyone doing a fair and impartial review of Connolly’s mind boggling sentence which is equivalent to a death sentence.
For those unfamiliar with Connolly’s case the facts are simple: it was his job in the FBI to handle top-level informants who were criminals of the highest level willing to give FBI information. Two of his informants and their gangster associates were indicted for racketeering. One of the gangsters Martorano had murdered 20 people – among them he did a contract hit of a business man (Roger Wheeler) in Oklahoma and then murdered the guy (John Callahan) who paid him to do the hit. To get out from under the murder charges he implicated Connolly. He would get 12 years for 20 murders.
Martorano said that one of Connolly’s top-level informants, Flemini (who had also murdered a dozen or more yet never did time as a federal or state prison inmate but was protected by prosecutors) told him that Connolly said if they did not murder John Callahan they would all go to jail. He said that was the reason he murdered Callahan.
That was the sole evidence of Connolly’s involvement in Callahan’s murder. Truly, that was it. A gangster saying he acted on what a gangster informant told him. The absolute truth is nothing Callahan could have said would have hurt Connolly. It was never shown he knew anything about Wheeler’s murder which was the only thing Callahan could implicate anyone on.
Connolly was tried in federal court in Boston alleging his involvement in Callahan’s murder but was acquitted. The jury did not believe anything testified to by Martorano. He was again tried in Florida where he was convicted and given a sentence that will have him in prison until age 100.
Connolly will spend the rest of his life in prison even though his alleged involvement in a murder came from the mouths of murderers who got unheard of deals for implicating him and even though the guy who did the murder (he wrote a book telling how he routinely murdered people who could hurt him or his friends by giving evidence) never met Connolly.
The Connolly imprisonment is the height of injustice. It is only matched by Trump’s attack on the rank and file FBI agents for the purpose of covering-up his activities with Russia. Trump to justify his unwarranted and malicious attack on the FBI must spurn any attempt to right the wrong committed to Connolly. So will his Republican allies such as Florida governor Rick Scott or the Florida judiciary fearful of Trump’s wrath.
This is a great tragedy. Connolly will die in prison. The FBI is being tarnished. Trump in his ongoing attempts to destroy an investigation against him is damaging America’s system of justice. The great beneficiary of this is Russia.